The Hurt Locker: 2009 Best Picture

“The Hurt Locker” won 6 Oscars out of its 9 nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow). The other Best Picture nominees that were also nominated for Best Director were: “Avatar”, “Precious”, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Up in the Air”. There were 5 more films nominated for Best Picture: “The Blind Side”, “District 9”, “An Education”, “A Serious Man” and “Up”. So that was a total of 10 films nominated for Best Picture, something that had not happened since the 16th Academy Awards.

Jeff Bridges won Best Actor for “Crazy Heart”. Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for “The Blind Side”. Christopher Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for “Inglourious Basterds” and Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress for “Precious”.

The Top Ten box office hits of 2009 were “Avatar”, “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”, “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, “2012”, “Up”, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “Angels & Demons” and “The Hangover”.

More 2009 titles: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Imaginarium”, “Paranormal Activity”, “The Road”, “Whip It”, “Public Enemies”, “The Time Traveller’s Wife”, “The Soloist” and “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Invictus” and “The Lovely Bones”.

Jeopardy! clues on “The Hurt Locker”
WOMEN DIRECTORS $400: In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow finally broke the male hold on the directing Oscar, winning for this film
DESCRIBING THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM $1600: A Renner runs through it; time to Iraq & roll; that movie is the bomb!
MARK MARKS THE SPOT $1200: Mark Boal won 2 Oscars for this 2009 film about bomb defusers in Iraq
WOMEN DIRECTORS $400: For the 2009 Oscars, she was in competition against ex-husband James Cameron for Best Director; she won.

More 2009 film clues:
MOVIE COMEDIES $200: Justin Bartha goes missing in this 2009 film– in his place is a baby in a closet & a live tiger
THE MOVIES $1200: This 2009 horror film that cost $15,000 to make grossed over $100 million & has spawned 4 sequels
THE CHARACTER SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS $2000: Viggo Mortensen was simply “The Man” in this 2009 Cormac McCarthy post-apocalyptic film adaptation
FILMED IN HAWAII $400: James Cameron used the rainforest & wide canyons of Kauai to represent Pandora in this 2009 film
“I”-PODGE $1000: In a 2009 film, it was the title possession of Dr. Parnassus
MOVIE JOBS $1200: George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham is a termination facilitator in this 2009 film
CELEBRITIES’ FAVORITE MOVIES $600: (Hi. I’m Isaac Mizrahi.) Like a lot of others, I loved the story of a paraplegic ex-Marine finding a new life on the distant planet of Pandora in this 2009 film
THE WALKING DEAD $1000: Woody Harrelson loves Twinkies & killing the undead in this 2009 film
& THE OSCAR GOES TO… $400: Mauro Fiore, cinematographer of this 2009 film that had a 10-foot-tall Blue Man Group on an alien world
AIRBORNE $1000: Vera Farmiga & Anna Kendrick were both nominated for Oscars for this 2009 film
STREEP TEASE $400: Meryl Streep was nominated but didn’t have the recipe for a 2009 Oscar when she played Ms. Child in this film
O POURI $600: Oprah was an executive producer of this 2009 film that earned Mo’nique an Oscar
THE NEW YORK TIMES MOVIES $200: Manohla Dargis reviewed this 2009 Pixar film under the headline “The House that Soared”
ONE-WORD FILM TITLES $200: This 2009 film is the all-time top-grossing movie in the U.S. & the world
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $200: Max had a rumpus in this 2009 film based on Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s classic
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $400: Pasta falls from the sky in this 2009 animated film based on a kids’ book by Ron & Judi Barrett
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $600: This 2009 film about roller derby was based on a book by Shauna Cross
THE MOVIES $200: This 2009 Quentin Tarantino film was set during World War II
HELLO, NATHANIEL $1200: Jamie Foxx plays homeless musician Nathaniel Ayers in this 2009 film
MOVIE TAG LINES $2,000 (Daily Double): This 2009 comedy proclaimed, “Some guys just can’t handle Vegas”
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $400: This 2009 film was based on a book subtitled “America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34”
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $1200: This 2009 film is based in part on the memoir “My Life in France”, in which the author masters the art of French cooking
FROM PAGE TO SCREEN $2000: Rachel McAdams is the titular spouse in the 2009 film based on this novel by Audrey Niffenegger

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